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Proud Americans?

Posted: February 13, 2010 4:46 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar could have chosen better words. However, his political incorrectness has cut to the heart of the matter.

America has a rich history of immigration. But what is different now?

My mother, born here to German immigrants, spoke German in the home; otherwise it was English only.

The immigrants brought necessary, valuable skills for a developing nation.

Today, America doesn't need unskilled labor to add to the ranks of the unemployed, but rather workers with technical skills to compete in a worldwide economy.

Immigrants didn't come to receive free health care, they came to build hospitals.

Immigrants saved their money to reinvest in America; they did not send money "back home."

Immigrants built parks, they didn't graffiti them.

Immigrants came knowing they had to work hard to succeed. America wasn't a welfare state. Open borders cannot exist when the state offers welfare.

The federal government has little incentive to stop illegal immigration. Most illegal immigrants work and pay some taxes through withholding. The federal government collects this money yet provides minimal service to illegal immigrants. It is the local governments that provide the services that illegal immigrants use.

Most illegal immigrants come to America to work hard to improve their lives. Who wouldn't? Our policies regarding immigration are hypocritical.

The impact of illegal immigration is significant. Yet is there any effort to truly evaluate this impact on America? Politics won't let that happen. Today, Hispanics outnumber Caucasians in the city of Los Angeles.

Kellar has raised an important issue. The problem is not our neighbors south of our borders; it is our policies here in America.

When immigrants enter our country illegally and live on the fringes, they never "buy in" to the American Way. We need policies that allow the best to immigrate and live here as proud Americans.

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